About this listing
Romantic luxury Tree House 12 ' high in the jungle canopy over the River. Howler monkeys, amazing bird watching, transportation available, 20 mins. from airport, central to Ruins, cave tubing, zip-linning, horseback riding, two bicycles and canoe
The howlers are curious and I swear they like Reggie music, but they don't come too close, they are shy and busy eating or sleeping, or howling!
This sweet little one bedroom house sits in the jungle canopy perched high on the edge of the Belize River. With Howler monkey families in the trees, crocodiles in the pond, butterflies and songbirds in the air, this is a unique piece of jungle paradise that offers you an amazing holiday destination. We have a beautiful new canoe and two new bicycles for you. The Howler House is just a short 5 min drive or 15 min walk down a lovely village road along the river to the Black Orchid resort where you are always welcome to enjoy their SWIMMING POOL and fantastic restaurant.
The house is brand spanking new with HIGH SPEED WIRELESS internet with (website hidden) and NETFLIX enabled. The bedroom has a majestic view over the river and a new queen size bed. The bathroom has a shower with HOT WATER - no tub. The kitchen is fully equipped with a new stove, fridge and double sinks and dishes and pots and pans and bowls enough to enjoy cooking.
As well, ALL your transportation needs can be taken care of - if required. The international airport is just 20 min from the House and Andrew will pick you up and provide transportation ANYWHERE you might want to explore while in Belize -- Andrew is family and local and full of knowledge -- and he has few unique ideas of his own on how to really experience what Belize has to offer the curious visitor. If you want to use Andrew's services, I will help you make arrangements for a pick-up and he will be at your service for your stay. You can see Andrew's rates on the Howler House website.
The village of Burrell Boom is wonderfully central to Mayan ruins, caves, zip-lining, horse-back riding, the zoo, and a good day trip to Hopkins beach -- which is a unique Garifuna village, remarkable diving sites and ocean fishing are also a day trip away. I can help you arrange transportation and/or tours to any part of the country you may dream of exploring.
While the house is a perfect romantic getaway for two, if you want to bring along family or friends, they are welcome to hang hammocks on the two screened in decks and make use of an extra single bed -- the house also has a huge king size ultra deluxe blow-up bed that fits on the outside screened in deck -- so it is possible to host two couples. I ask for an addition $10 per night for children, and $20 per night for adults. The outside deck is huge, and you will probably spend most of your time there.
While the Howler House is nestled on the riverbank high in the canopy and you feel like you are deep in the jungle — really, it is just a 10 -minute walk up to the sweetest little village. If you are using his transportation services Andrew will be happy to give you a little tour of the village. But, most convenient, the Howler House is located centrally to all the activities you might want to enjoy while in Belize.
This is the perfect vacation spot for PHOTOGRAPHERS, BIRD WATCHERS, FISHERS, KAYAKERS, BICYCLISTS, WILD LIFE ENTHUSIAST, WRITERS, EXOTIC WINE ENTHUSIAST AND DAYDREAMERS and STAR-GAZERS. Burrell Boom is a small village centrally located as a perfect stepping off location for everything you might want to do while in Belize: GOLFERS, DEEP SEA FISHERS, DIVERS, SNORKELERS, SAILORS, SPELUNKERS, MAYAN RUINS EXPLORERS, CAVE-TUBERS, ZIP-LINERS, REGGIE LOVERS AND WANDERERS.
In the village you can paddle the river, go fishing and bicycling, the wildlife is amazing - birdwatchers are in heaven here; the Howler Monkeys live in the trees above us. Star-gazing and sipping on local wines is magical. CLOSE BY you will find the amazing Belize Zoo, the Howler Monkey Sanctuary, Mayan ruins, Cave-tubing and Zip-lining, local exotic wine makers, quiet sandy beach at Hopkins (an hours drive), 30 min. to the Cay Caulker Ferry, where you can spend a day with the laid back locals, rent a sail boat, go diving or snorkeling on the reef and be home before dark relaxing on the deck. Andrew will take care of all your transportation.
Close to home, there is a grocery store that sells local wines, rum and cold beer and a few groceries. And, the village pub, a short walk or bicycle ride away, serves ice cold beers, homemade juicy hamburgers and a delicious fried chicken or fish dinner for five bucks at Miss Carol's.They also have a pool table if you want to hang around and meet some very sweet locals and perhaps hear a good story or two. There is also a great Chinese Food restaurant in the village. And, people are soooo friendly here, if you want to, you'll make friends with the locals with ease. On Friday evenings people gather in the park to watch the teenagers play soccer and they have music and snacks and cold drinks for sale. Later, if you are a night owl, there is always dancing at Henderson's Bank on Friday and Saturday nights, just a 5 min walk away. And, there is a huge horse race track, with races on Sundays and Holidays - people come from all over for the races -- it's exciting.
A wonderful day (or overnight) trip from the house is to Cay Caulker, 90 minutes away via Belize City. You can arrange a drive with Tony, catch the early ferry (45 mins) and spend a day exploring the Cay, or take one of the many snorkeling, diving, sailing or kayaking tours, and be back in time for dinner. Or, if you'd like to spend more time on the island, spend a night and Tony will pick you up the next day. We can help with arranging accommodations for you too.
If you want help with travel arrangements to Belize, just let me know.
Or, you may choose to just spend your time of the Howler House deck where you can take amazing photographs, bird-watch, wait for the crocodile(s) to surface and perhaps sun themselves on the bank, get to know the howler monkeys (they like Reggie music), sit still and a Blue Morpho butterfly with an 8-inch wingspan will eventually float by. Play the stock market on-line on high-speed Wi-Fi. Lie under a gentle fan, swing in the hammock and read a good book. Write a poem, a song, a book or a blog. Watch the sun rise and the river float by, caste a line and catch a fish – yes, right from the deck when the river is flooding. Make origami. Paint a picture. Star gaze while fire flies light up the sky. Sip on rich local organic coffee in the morning, and exotic local wines in the afternoon. Watch for manatees. (website hidden) your family, your boss, your best friend and show them the howlers in the trees. Stay cool and be prepared to wake up early because all the songbirds and parrots believe it is their daily duty to serenade the rising sun.
Be sure to check out all our reviews on Trip adviser as well! Everyone loves their time in this special piece of paradise.
The Howler House has a brand new canoe available to guests - the key to unlock the canoe is on your key chain. And, two new bicycles! You are welcome to swim at the local resort: 5 min down the road and lovely!
Interaction with Guests
I am available online daily - and once you arrive in Belize, I will give you my cell number. The house has a local manager who is available 24 hours, just up the road. And, my closest neighbors are also my land partners and best friends. Tony will provide all your transportation (for a fee) and the Black Orchid resort just down the road will provide special tours of any sort!
Burrell Boom is a lovely little rural village along the banks of the Old Belize river. The people here are extremely friendly. If you walk up to the village and stop for some food at Miss Carol's, a cold beer at Yellow Man's pub - right next door, you will be enchanted by this little village. If you want to do some Reggie dancing, head down to Henderson's Bank on Friday or Saturday night, just follow the music -- you can walk, but bring the flashlight! Everyone will welcome you. This is a small friendly village and I hope you will have the opportunity to meet and enjoy the company (and food) of the local people - they are wonderful. The Black Orchid is a 15 minute walk down a lovely rural road. Or, a to minute bike ride - the house has two new bikes, And, once you arrive, you can have a cool drink and slip into the pool: ahhhhhh. They will treat you like gold, slowly.
Most guest want some form of transportation while staying at the Howler House. I can assist you with hiring a local driver, Andrew, who will provide for all your transportation needs, pretty much at your whim. Or, you can arrange to use the Black Orchid resort for tours and guides. They will pick you up at the house. Or you can rent a vehicle at the airport upon arrival -- but for the rainy months, you must rent a 4 wheel drive. Or, you can do as I do, I do not have a vehicle, I take the local bus (limited times) to the city and walk to the Caye Caulker taxi terminal, and I canoe - the house has a brand new canoe with life jackets. The Black Orchid is a 15 minute walk down a lovely rural road. And, once you arrive, you can have a cool drink and slip into the pool: ahhhhhh. They will treat you like gold, slowly.
Other Things to Note
Once you are booked, I will email you the cell phone numbers of the house manage, Erlene, my best friend in the village, and my own cell as well. There is a complimentary cell phone in the house for your use!
There are not many rules in the Howler house: use the recycling boxes and compost bucket, be kind to the house, stay cool, relax -- breath deep and spend a least a day and a night on the deck doing nothing -- trust me, the jungle will entertain you!
Oh -- and No swimming in the crocodile pond -- they are very shy and private beings.
Everything was just as described. The house was gorgeous! We saw more wildlife there then anywhere we have ever been. The canoe was great to have we saw so many birds, fish, monkeys and even a troop of Quash!! The black orchid was above and beyond accommodating and wonderful. On the last day we saw Shakira the croc at the edge of the river, but most of the week the pond had a small baby croc in it. We animal hunted at night and saw a few tarantulas and that was exciting for us! We saw Rambo the giant red iguana, the monkeys came to visit 3 or so times during our stay. Read the blogs on their site they were spot on for advice. Spend time at the house to give time to spot all of the creatures around. Watch out for fire ants, and large biting ants that sting VERY badly (remember this is the jungle!) DON'T miss out on Ms Carol's fried chicken or the wonderful company she is! We really enjoyed her and food! Anthony was very accommodating and I would like to clarify that the prices he charges match the costs from Black Orchid (HE WOULD NEVER CHARGE MORE) It was special having Andrew because he is extremely knowledgeable and makes special stops to tell you about the country, this was a real treat and I wouldn't trade it for anything. He was never more than 10 mins late (I mean come on that's just the reality of life) You pay Andrew to drive and the the adventure cost is separate, so if you want a total cost for an adventure before you get to Belize you can look at the black orchid website. When prices dropped because of the low season Andrews connections always would meet or beat the price. Plus we got special guides and few other people on the tours with us. We now dream of our own Burrell Boom Tree House. WE LOVED IT! Do take note of the small town (only 2 or 3 places to eat, little selection. Stores minimal) this did not bother us one bit, but just be prepared. Thank you Erika and Andrew!!
Really beautiful house with a great view of the river! Although we did only end up staying the day, Erika gave us great directions by bus on how to get there. Great if you're looking for a very local experience however I found that things weren't super easy to get to and the walk to get to them wasn't the nicest. Very peaceful spot for couples or nature watchers! I do recommend booking transportation with black orchid, we did our transport back to the water taxi and the rate was 35USD, and they were aware that we were not guests. Cancellation policy is strict!
Quaint, charming and a very, very "real" Belize experience.
We never saw the monkeys or the croc. But we loved the fresh coconut water from Rudy and the yummy chicken from Miss Carol!
We weren't super happy with the recommended driver Andrew. He was late for every pick up. His car was always a mess of tools, electronics and newspapers. And he charged us triple what the resort next door charged.
Bacab: $25/each way (Andrew); $5/each way (Black Orchid Resort)
Airport: $60 (Andrew); $20 (Black Orchid Resort)
So you'll love the Howler House, just book excursions with Black Orchid.
HI Melissa, thanks for the great review. Just so you know, the prices that you are quoting for the Black Orchid are just for their guests - who pay 200 a night for a room. You can not book at driver for those prices unless you are a guest at the resort - you cannot stay at the Howler house and get those rates - sorry :(
It was everything promised!! Very private and romantic. The Howler House is quaint and the decor was very belizean.
Definitely took advantage of our surroundings either by canoe or the bicycles a The Howler House offers free of charge. The town people were warm and friendly
We did get to see some of the Howler Monkeys right outside our patio AMAZING!!
Hi Jacqueline - thanks so much - it always makes me feel so happy when guests enjoy my little spot as much as I do - please do join the Howler House face book page : (website hidden) And post your photos! Thanks again, I hope you will return one day. I am going over to the house next week to have the bathroom floor and walls tiled! And, put a proper floor on the outside seating deck - thanks for you contribution. Happy travels, Erika
Our host made us feel very welcome and we were especially well taken care of by Curly! He was very helpful, generous, fun to talk to & took us everywhere we wanted to go!
We loved our stay at the Howler House. A great experience. The house is charming and Erica had thought of everything. Enjoyed the monkeys and Shakira, the pretty crocodile who lives in the pond. Really a unique experience I would recommend to all. Enjoyed the local people. All very nice and helpful to us! We really enjoyed Andrew who drove us around and was super informative. We would definitely recommend the Howler House to all! Thanks Erica and Andrew!
Howler house is a very unique place. Very calm and in the nature. We loved to meet the people of Burrel Boom, especially Mister Dawson is a very inspiring guy!
We were surprised how many animal you can see from the house! But it's also good to know that you're really exposed to the (email hidden) when it's raining outside you also have it windy inside, if the howler monkeys are around you will hear it in the house as well.
About the Host, Howler House
I spent the last four years and every cent I earned building a little dream house on the river bank in a village in the jungle in Belize, I guess that says something about me. I love my house, and now I want to create a jungle paradise -- I want to build a bridge across the crocodile pond with a screened-in sitting area , and wooden walk ways around the property to protect the jungle floor -- and keep me above the critters too -- and I want to build a floating dock big enough for a screened-in meditation gazebo, and I dream about creating a butterfly oasis -- and there is a tree right behind the house in which I could build a star gazing platform high in the branches. I want to spend the next ten years turning my little spot into a jungle paradise -- and then retire. So -- If you come and stay in my dream house, you will be helping me make this dream come true -- and I love this little place so much, I am delighted to share!